Jazz is a high-energy, fast-paced dance genre that requires stamina, strength, flexibility and personality. It is important for all dancers to train in jazz as it develops their ability to learn choreography and perform different styles, as well as develop strong technique. A jazz class starts with warm up, technical work in the centre and at the corner and the concludes with choreography. Jazz is especially important for students interested in a career in dance, as jazz is one of the most commercially popular styles of dance where jobs for professional performers are available. Star Academy offers group, private and CSTD Exam jazz classes for ages 5 and up.
Tap dance develops students’ sense of rhythm and musicality. In tap classes, students learn technique and terminology as well as performance skills. Students develop strength in their ankles, legs and core muscles – useful for other dance genres. Tap is a very popular genre in musical theatre and tap training is an asset to students interested in pursuing this area. Tap classes can be taken in a group or as a private lesson for students aged 5 and up.
Classical ballet is the foundation of all dance . Ballet provides the technique upon which other genres are built. All dancers should have training in ballet so that they understand the correct body alignment required for dance to prevent injury, as well as building strength, flexibility and most importantly technique. An understanding of classical ballet terminology is also necessary for dancers. At Star Academy, ballet classes are offered for all ages, beginner through to advanced and CSTD Classical Ballet exams are also available.
Hip Hop is an extremely popular dance genre for all ages. Hip Hop dance develops strength and stamina and helps students with coordination. In group hip hop classes at Star Academy, students perform high energy routines to popular music. In the dance world, having training in hip hop is extremely important, as dancers are routinely asked to demonstrate this style in auditions. Hip Hop can be started at any age and is a great dance style for fun and fitness!
Contemporary dance is based on classical ballet technique. This dance style requires strength, flexibility and the ability to convey feelings and emotions through movement. Contemporary dance is a technically challenging style of dance and we recommend students who study this genre, also take ballet class to help with their understanding of technique, alignment and terminology. Contemporary dance is offered to students 10 years old and up and can be taken as a private or group lesson.
Acrobatic training involves developing a high level of strength and flexibility in order to execute gymnastic skills, contortion and tumbling. Acrobatics class develops balance, agility and coordination in a safe, fully equipped studio. Our classes cater to students 7 years and over. The flexibility gained through acrobatics is beneficial to all dance styles. It is very important for dancers to have acrobatic skills if they are interested in working professionally.
Acting is the foundation of all performing arts. It helps to develop students’ self-confidence and ability to convey emotions and tell stories. Skills learnt in acting class can help students with public speaking, problem solving and working with others. Acting skills transfer to other performing arts disciplines, such as singing and dancing, as students learn to communicate emotions and portray characters. Acting is offered in group classes for students aged 7 and up. Acting is fundamental for any student who wishes to pursue performing arts professionally.
As a performer, singing training in vital. For students at Star Academy, singing classes can be taken in groups for ages 5 and up, where students learn technique and gain confidence . If students are serious about developing their voice, we also offer private lessons where students work one on one with our trained vocal teachers to work on advanced singing technique and performance skills. We highly recommend all students study singing, as this training will give them an advantage in the performance industry.
Musical theatre is the combination of singing, dancing and acting. It is delivered as a package at Star Academy comprising 1 hour of singing and 1 hour of dance where students learn to combine these two skills while performing. In these classes, students learn techniques for breathing and stamina to be able to sing and dance at the same time. Musical theatre training develops students as all round performers.
Star Academy offers private dance and private singing tuition for students who wish to develop their technique and performance skills further. We require students who wish to take up private dance to take a minimum of 1 ballet class and 2 other group dance classes at Star Academy to ensure that they get the most benefit from private tuition. Selected private dance students will compete solo routines in dance competitions. Private singing students are able to participate in Star’s annual ‘Open Mic Night’ where they perform as a solo, duo or small group to gain experience singing live. They will also have a featured solo, duo or small group singing part in our End of Year concert.
NEW in 2019, Star Academy is offering Baby and Toddler classes which combine Dance, Music and Sensory learning! Classes are on Tuesday mornings and parents/caregivers attend the 45 minute session with their little one to support their learning. “Mini Munchkins” is our Class for Babies from 6 months old at 10am – 10.45am on Tuesdays, where they are introduced to a variety of sights, sounds and textures with lots of music, singing and play! From 11am – 11.45am we have “Mini Movers” for toddlers up to 2.5 years which involves lots of dancing, singing, musical instruments and sensory play.
Exams are not compulsory for any of the students other than the Elite Teams. However, Exams are a fantastic opportunity for students to develop their dance skills, demonstrate their progression and gain confidence. To be eligible to be entered into an exam, students need to undertake an exam class as well as a regular class in that subject area. For example, if they would like to do a jazz exam – they will need to do the jazz exam class and a regular jazz class. There is an entry fee for every exam taken set by the CSTD. It is the teachers discretion whether the student will be allowed to sit their exam. We feel it is in the best interest of the student to only be allowed to sit the exam if we think they will pass. The time and dates of exams are scheduled by the CSTD Board not by Star Academy, therefore it is possible that the exams may be on a school day, and this may mean that students need to take a day off school to sit the exam. Exams are usually held in August however, we will not know the date until mid June – early July.